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Hempstead Town Board Approves Raises for Themselves

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the rest of the Town Board are slated to get pay raises after they unanimously voted to approve increases Tuesday. 

According to NewsdayMurray's salary will jump from $150,000 to $160,000, an increase of 6.67 percent, while the board members will go from making $66,000 to $71,000, a 7.58 percent raise.

This is their first pay increase since early 2010, according to Town officials.

For more notes from Tuesday's Hempstead Town Hall meeting, click here.

Do you think the pay raise is justified? Tell us in the comments section below.
Lisa Rosen December 10, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Where is the photo op of the town board holding a big check?
Mrsderanged December 10, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Why are they allowed to give themselves raises? Something is VERY wrong with this system ...
grace lopez December 10, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Something is wrong, but, no one is doing anything about it. Let the legislators know that we do not want people writing their own checks. It should absolutely regulated by a separate agency or commission. This is nothing...check out the CEO, CIO and VP salaries at Nassau University Medical Center...a So Called Public Benefit Corporation.
Frank T December 11, 2013 at 09:01 AM
Grace, why should there be any checks and balances? NC residents have been electing the same party for 60 years. They can do whatever they want and the taxpayers keep re-electing them. I would like to hear from people who voted for these legislators.
grace lopez December 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Frank, I'm not quite sure I understand your question or your statement. It sounds like you are making the argument for both sides. I don't necessarily feel it is necessary to throw out the baby with the bath water. Just make sure the baby doesn't get out of hand. That's the reason for checks and balances.
Frank T December 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM
There are no checks and balances with a dictatorship. Sometimes you have to throw out the baby with the bath water in order to make changes. It's naïve to say let the legislature know that we do not want people to write their own checks. The only way to stop this nonsense is to vote them out.
grace lopez December 14, 2013 at 02:54 AM
No Frank, all it would take is legislation on the county or state level that municipalities and townships be required to follow a checks and balances system. Apparently, Frank, the current leaders are elected over many times, indicating that they are performing their duties satisfactorily to the majority of constituents. Since the leaders are elected, and have been voted in by the majority, I believe that disqualifies them as a dictatorship.
Frank T December 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Putin has been re-elected many times also. So Grace will you spearhead the legislation since you seem to think it's such a simple fix. By the way one party rule has brought us close to bankruptcy and the County finances have been overseen by NYS for the entire Mangano reign.
grace lopez December 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM
It is simple, Frank, the problem is one person alone cannot do it. I have already voiced my opinion to my Nassau County legislator. If you and everyone else does the same we will make headway. This is not a war Frank, this is a cooperative process. it is not my responsibility alone to "spearhead" legislators. The problem here is not political, it is one of complacency of the people who accept the status quo. As long as people are willing to sit on the fence and throw stones at the problem of the day instead of taking action and voting out people who do not "hear" us, the situation will continue. The reason we have one party rule as you say is because the people vote it in. Check you constitution if you don't believe me. Our system is brilliantly designed, but......., it does not work to it's fullest potential unless each and every one of us participates.
Claudia Borecky December 15, 2013 at 09:46 AM
The Nassau County Legislature cannot write legislation for the Town. They are completely separate municipalities and Nassau has no jurisdiction over the Town's Code or Charter. When Nassau gave Suozzi a raise, an independent panel was hired to determine how much money the county executive should make and it was voted in by the legislators (Democratic and some Republicans as well). The state normally allows a certain amount of autonomy to the local governments to allow for more local control, but the state's constitution only covers "state" legislators (Assembly and Senate), its executive branch (i.e., governor) and judicial branch. Each tier of government, whether it be federal, state, county or town, has 3 branches of government. It would be up to the town legislators, who are our council persons to change the Town Code's method of giving raises. Calling your Nassau County Legislator will not help. Call your Town Councilperson and ask that they change, not only the method, but the timing of the raises. We need transparency. It should be clearly stated in the budget that is approved before the election. I went down to the Town Board meeting to voice my objection to $71,000 for a part-time council position for someone who only works two days a month. That's twice as much as a legislator or their sister council person makes in North Hempstead. $71,000 is more than most people make for a full time job and to take a raise from her struggling constituents is unconscionable!
grace lopez December 15, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Thank you for some clarification Claudia. Please keep in mind though that our system is open for changes as deemed necessary. And I would hope that my county legislator would redirect me and/or redirect my concern to the council person themselves, if I did not call the appropriate representative with my concern. That is what I would consider to be effective government. Everyone pulling together to make it work for the benefit of all of us. Transparency is necessary, however, we also need concerned citizens so that one person does not take on the issues singlehandedly. It is too much stress.
Frank T December 15, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Thanks for the clarification Claudia. I agree with you regarding the outrageous salaries for part-time counsel persons and legislators. I was against forming the NC legislators years ago because of adding another expensive layer of cost to this bloated government. Originally the salaries were $30,000, I think and was sold to the unfortunately naïve voters as a low cost legislative body. As soon as they were elected the raises began.

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